Columns

Carol Hughes’ column – Lobbyist have the government’s ear

Sometimes the workings of government aren’t as straightforward as we might like to think and on certain files it can become a question of whether the tail is the wagging dog, instead of the other way around.  While it’s easy … Continue reading

Homemade Tzatziki

Recipe I can’t think of a better time to make this recipe with cucumbers and fresh herbs being in season. Tzatziki is a classic, Greek, cucumber, yogurt, sauce or dip that has become very popular in recent years. It traditionally … Continue reading

Port Colborne – ”The Store-Front Car-Crash Capital Of Canada.”

It happened again! I’m looking at Page 6 of the July 25th edition of this newspaper which shows a photo that has become all too familiar to residents of the city of Port Colborne; namely the ass end of a … Continue reading

Michael Mantha’s News from the Park for 190809

I would hazard a guess that, next to access to clean air, the need for water is the most important need people around the world have. It is of the most basic of all human needs – even above food. … Continue reading

Blueberry Cream Muffins

Recipe My friend shared this recipe with me stating “these are the best blueberry muffins ever!” Fortunately for me, we have a blueberry patch close to our house and I had just picked a bowl of berries, so I tried … Continue reading

Sports – A Really Bad Metaphor For Life

You know what’s wrong with sports today? Underwater hockey. And chess boxing, really bad officiating, drug cheaters, too many games, tickets that cost the same as your first car, violence, concussions, a new baseball rule in which a batter can … Continue reading

Michael Mantha’s News from the Park 190802

Most anyone who knows me or reads this column can be certain that I truly appreciate the honour the people of Algoma-Manitoulin have shown in me by re-electing me as the MPP for this riding. As well I freely admit … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Trade deals don’t always protect like they should

With the government launching a charm offensive on the Canada Europe Trade Agreement (CETA) another Donald Trump landmine is threatening the few months of peace we experienced on the trade front with the United States.  For the government, this development … Continue reading

Blueberry Buckle

Recipe It’s blueberry season in Northern Ontario! Research suggests that wild blueberries are a legit super fruit; the skins having high concentrations of antioxidants. So they are not only delicious, but are healthy little gems growing in our forested areas, … Continue reading

There’s A Special Place In Hell For…Everybody!

I could not agree more with European Union President Donald Tusk who said: “I have been wondering what the special place in Hell looks like for those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan how to carry … Continue reading